May Eaton is an intellectual property litigation partner in the San Francisco office. May holds a master of science in electrical engineering from Caltech and focuses on high-tech patent litigation in U.S. Federal Courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She is experienced in all aspects of patent litigation from pre-filing analysis and discovery through trial and post-trial motions and has successfully argued motions in district court. May has represented clients in intellectual property matters involving a diverse range of technologies and industries, including voice-over-IP telephony, wireless communications, social networking, medical devices, artificial intelligence, and signal processing.

Prior to joining Kirkland, May also represented clients before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, drafting and prosecuting patent applications. She additionally has experience in hardware, software, and trademark licensing, as well as open-source software licensing and compliance.


Thought Leadership


A Branching Greedoid for Multiply-Rooted Graphs and Digraphs, Joint with Dr. Steven J. Tedford, DISCRETE MATHEMATICS, Vol. 310, 17–18, pp. 2380–88 (2010)

Surviving PTAB Trials as a Patent Owner: Protecting Your Portfolio from the PTAB “Death Squads,” Joint with Eliot D. Williams, 27 No. 1 INTELL. PROP. & TECH. L.J. 9, 10 (2015)


Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley's Lady Justice Volunteer of the Year Award 2017


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014, California
  • 2012, New York
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California


  • English
  • Italian


  • Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2011

    Dean's Merit Scholar

    Notes & Comments Editor, Journal of Law and Policy

    Intellectual Property, Media, and Informational Law Certificate

  • California Institute of TechnologyM.S., Electrical Engineering2012
  • Franklin & Marshall CollegeMathematics; Italian Minormagna cum laude, with Honors2008